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Kevin Spacey Makes Courtroom Appearance Regarding Sexual Misconduct Accusations

Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey appeared in court today to enter a plea of not guilty to a single felony charge of indecent assault and battery in regard to allegations involving an 18-year-old male at a Nantucket bar in 2016.

After the brief 10-minute hearing, Judge Thomas S. Barrett released Spacey on his own recognizance, according to NBC10Boston.

 

 

The allegations were made public in November 2017 by former local news anchor Heather Unruh, who claims Spacey groped her then-18-year-old son at the Club Car Restaurant in July 2016. Her son was employed there at the time as a bus boy.

According to documents filed in court, the teen asked to meet the Oscar winner after his shift ended at the restaurant. The young man admitted to investigators that he told Spacey he was 23-years-old.

Unruh says Spacey bought the teen several drinks and eventually sexually assaulted her son by groping the teen’s leg. The teen says Spacey continued by unzipping his pants and touching him without consent.

The alleged groping, according to the court filing, went on for some minutes. The teen told the police investigator that he didn’t say anything or walk away during the assault.

The young man apparently sent video of Spacey touching him to his girlfriend via Snapchat.

Spacey allegedly asked the boy to go back to the house where he was staying, which the teen says made him uncomfortable.

But an audio recording of a December 2018 court hearing, obtained by The Boston Globe, shows Spacey’s legal team asserts the encounter was consensual.

Spacey’s attorneys point to the fact that the boy did not immediately report the incident to police. In fact, the teen wasn’t interviewed in person until a year later.

The 59-year-old’s lawyers also note that the alleged victim admits to approaching Spacey first, and lying about his age.

Further, Spacey’s attorney Alan Jackson says the teen’s admission that the alleged groping went on for approximately three minutes but he made no move to stop it shows the encounter was consensual. 

Said Jackson, per the audio recording, “That's an incredibly long time to have a strange man's hands in your pants, correct?"

Judge Barrett scheduled a March 4 pre-trial hearing which Spacey will not be required to attend, although he must be available by telephone.

If found guilty, Spacey could face up to five years in prison or up to 2½ years in a house of correction. A finding of guilty would also require Spacey to register as a sex offender. 

These allegations are just part of a firestorm of accusations of sexual misconduct leveled at Spacey during the height of the #MeToo movement beginning in fall of 2017.

Spacey was eventually fired from his hit Netflix series, House of Cards, and was replaced in the already-completed film, All the Money in the World.

After the December court hearing, Spacey released a bizarre video via YouTube where he reprised his House of Cards character, Frank Underwood, urging the viewer to not rush to judgement.

"Despite even my own death, I feel surprisingly good, and my confidence grows each day that soon enough you will know the full truth," said Spacey in the video.

 

 

(h/t: Boston Globe, NBC10Boston)

Police Report: Sex Assault Case Against Kevin Spacey Includes Video Evidence

The sexual assault case involving Oscar winner Kevin Spacey includes video evidence of the actor touching the alleged victim’s pants, according to MassLive.com.

As Instinct reported earlier this week, Spacey is scheduled to be arraigned in Nantucket, Massachusetts, on January 7.

The former House of Cards star faces one count of indecent assault on a person over the age of 14 after being accused of groping a teenager in a Nantucket bar in the summer of 2016.

The male teen is the son of local news anchor Heather Unruh, who went public with the story last year.

 

 

Unruh's son was 18-years-old at the time of the alleged incident.

MassLive obtained the State Police report after it was filed with the criminal complaint in Nantucket District Court.

It’s worth noting that the alleged assault was reported to police on October 31, 2016, well ahead of the onslaught of accusations against Spacey that eventually led to his firing from the hit Netflix series House of Cards and being replaced in the film, All the Money in the World.

Among the details revealed in the police report:

The teen was employed at the bar where the alleged assault took place, known as the Club Car, as a bus boy.

He asked a coworker to introduce him to Spacey after his shift.

While chatting, the 18-year-old told Spacey he was 23 and the actor offered to buy him a drink.

The teen admitted to having 4-5 beers before Spacey reportedly suggested switching to whiskey saying, “Let’s get drunk.”

As the evening progressed, singing songs at a piano, the boy mentioned his girlfriend of five months. Spacey allegedly responded to the comments by talking about the size of his penis.

Spacey reportedly asked the boy to go back to the where house he was staying, which the teen says made him uncomfortable.

Later, standing in group of people at the piano, Spacey allegedly began groping the teen’s leg, then unzipped his pants and touched him without consent.

The police trooper wrote in the report the teen was uncertain how to handle the situation. He told the trooper he knew he could get in trouble as he was under legal drinking age and he was drinking at work.

The boy admitted to police that he didn’t say anything, nor did he walk, away during the assault.

As the touching went on for some minutes, he took out his phone and captured video of Spacey groping him via Snapchat and sent it to his girlfriend. The girlfriend has confirmed receiving the video.

Eventually, Spacey went to the bathroom and Unruh’s son told a woman in the bar he thought Spacey was being inappropriate. He then ran home and shared the story with his sister.

The police report notes that the son has attempted to play down the incident, but his sister and mother both feel that response has been a ‘coping mechanism.’

Unruh’s son eventually went to the police and an investigation began. 

Interviewing members of the Club Car staff, no one reported seeing any assault although two employees recalled the teen and Spacey chatting. And one coworker remembered the boy looking “pale, blank and a bit frightened.”

Instinct reported on Monday, the day the charges were announced, Spacey tweeted out a link to a bizarre YouTube video. The tweet was his first in a year.

Spacey delivered a monologue to the camera as his former House of Cards character, ‘Frank Underwood,’ saying in part, “But, you wouldn’t believe the worst without evidence, would you?”

In the heat of the #MeToo movement last year, Spacey was accused by actor Anthony Rapp (RENT, Star Trek: Discovery) of inappropriate behavior at a holiday party decades ago when both were appearing on Broadway. Rapp was 14 at the time of that alleged incident.

Spacey responded to Rapp's accusation by saying he was 'horrified' by the story but didn't remember it. He then offered an apology to Rapp characterizing the episode as what must have been "deeply drunken behavior."

He also used the apology to finally come out as gay after years of rumors.

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Rapp's accusation was followed by more than a dozen more allegations of sexual misconduct by Spacey over several years.

(h/t MassLive)

Kevin Spacey Shares Bizarre Video "You Wouldn't Rush To Judgements Without Facts, Would You?"

Kevin Spacey briefly returned to his House of Cards role of “Frank Underwood” in a video posted to his YouTube channel that has lots of folks scratching their heads.

The actor, who was fired from the hit Netflix series amid several allegations of sexual misconduct, speaks to the camera in the same style utilized by ‘Frank’ with language that could apply both to his character’s sudden death and his own personal legal challenges.

According to The Boston Globe, Spacey is scheduled to be arraigned on January 7 in Nantucket regarding a criminal complaint of indecent assault and battery that allegedly happened in July 2016.

A link to the video was tweeted out by Spacey (his first tweet in a year) minutes after the Globe’s story was published.

In the video, titled “Let Me Be Frank,” the 59-year-old begins by staring at the viewer saying, “Oh, I know what you want.”

“Oh sure, they may have tried to separate us, but what we have is too strong, too powerful,” he continues.

Referencing his “deepest, darkest secrets,” the Academy Award winner says, “I showed you exactly what people are capable of.”

He also says he knows what his audience wants - “You want me back.”

He then takes a turn sharing, “Of course, some believed everything and they’ve been waiting with bated breath to hear me confess it all.”

“They’re just dying to have me declare that everything said was ‘true’ and that I got what I deserved,” Spacey laments without directly mentioning the real-world allegations. “Wouldn’t that be easy, if it were all so simple?” 

“You wouldn’t believe the worst without evidence, would you?”

“You wouldn’t rush to judgements without facts, would you?”

“Despite all the poppycock, the animosity, the headlines, the impeachment without a trial, despite everything, despite even my own death, I feel surprisingly good,” Spacey says referencing Frank’s death. “And my confidence grows each day that soon enough you will know the full truth.”

Clearly, Spacey is attempting to offer his own House of Cards finale, but there’s a wink of the eye in his choice of words and timing of the video.

Interestingly, most commenters on the YouTube page rave saying the ‘scene’ is much better than the actual final season of House of Cards.

Watch the three-minute video below and let us know what you think in the comments section.

 

 

(h/t Boston Globe)

These Football Players Took Hazing Too Far

Four sophomores from Damascus High School in Montgomery County, Maryland are being charged as adults and one other as a juvenile after a horrible hazing ritual gone wrong that occurred on October 31st in the Football team’s locker room. According to The Washington Post, The group of 15-year-olds used a broom stick to violate four freshman team members as they tried to escape.

The suspects being tried as adults are Jean Claude Abedi, Kristian Jamal Lee, Will Daniel Smith, and Caleb Thorpe. The attackers went from one victim to the next, laughing, while the victims screamed for help. The suspects are currently charged with one count of first-degree rape, three counts of attempted first-degree rape, and one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree rape, according to the Montgomery County District Court.

Montgomery Deputy State Attorney Peter Feeney said in court:

The defendants’ conduct was astonishingly cruel. These crimes were intended to inflict pain, degrade and humiliate the weaker members of the football team.

Each defendant played a significant role in carrying out their plan to sexually assault the victims in this case. Whether it was pushing, punching, stomping, holding down, tackling or wielding the broom. The crimes could only have been committed with the active participation of each defendant.

When one of the victims asked the attackers to stop, they responded that it was ‘tradition’.

This case is still underway and no verdict has been reached.

h/t: The Washington Post

Photographer Allegedly Drugged Male Models For 'Straight Guy' Fetish

Nigel Wilkinson, a British photographer, is accused of luring straight male models to his home for photo shoots where he would allegedly drug and rape them.

The self-described ‘fitness photographer’ has been charged with one count of rape, one count of sexual assault, five counts of voyeurism, and six counts of administering a substance with intent according to The Daily Mail.

According to testimony, he would approach men on Instagram and offer to take fully-clothed photos of the victims as long he was allowed to also take a few “semi-nude, arty, tasteful pictures’ for his own use.

The prosecutor, Sarah Regan, told the jury, "It is clear that he tapped into the modern obsession with looking good and promoting the self, to add to the number of followers and likes on social media."

His victims told the court he would offer them a drink, which they later realized was drugged, and would wake up naked, sometimes in the photographer’s bed.

One man alleges that he woke up the morning after a so-called photo shoot face down in Wilkinson’s bed unable to move, reports The Daily Mail.

“I wasn’t really capable of really moving, and I don’t think I could even really say anything,” the man told the court.

He added Wilkinson was “doing stuff” to him. The young man added, “I’m 99% sure he tried to have sex with me” as the photographer was behind him in an “obviously sexual position.”

In online Skype chats entered into evidence during the trial, Wilkinson apparently used the alias “Straight Boy Lover.”

In one chat, Wilkinson allegedly wrote “I love dumb jocks and guys stupid enough to sleep next to me.” 

He also said he “liked to have sex with straight men - and that he liked to do it without them being aware of it.”

Telling another user he was “very much” into “drunk, sleeping guys,” he was asked if he had ever penetrated ‘a sleeper.’ He allegedly replied, “Oh yes, many times.”

In an October 2014 chat with another user, he said to an online user based in Romania, “I get a kick out of robbing a straight guy of his masculinity.”

The alleged assaults took place between February 2014 and December 2015.

The court case is currently underway.

(h/t The Daily Mail)

Catholic School Students Expelled and Arrested After Rape Video Surfaces

So far, six student football players who attended St.Michael's College School have been expelled and arrested after a video of them brutally sodomizing another student with a broomstick, Queerty reports.

St. Michael's is an all-boys Catholic school in Toronto for grades seven to twelve. The school immediately expelled four students after the video surfaced of students holding another boy's legs apart while others forcibly inserted a broomstick into him. Gruesome stuff.

Five of the six students turned themselves in, while the sixth one was arrested at school. The police have charged them gang sexual assault, sexual assault with a weapon, and assault. According to the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network, or RAINN, one in thirty-three men will be sexually assaulted during their lifetimes and that the 2014 National Crime Victimization survey revealed that 38% of rape survivors were men. 

During a recent press conference, Dominic Sinopoli, the Toronto Police Inspector, said that the police have good reason to believe that more videos of the same nature are in existence and, in fact, another video surfaced of basketball players slapping another boy who was stripped down to only his underwear which were wet, presumably from someone pouring water on him. 

These assaults are extremely sickening and enforces the fact that anyone of any age and sex can be victims of sexual crimes and that anyone can be the perpetrator of them. The five boys involved with the crime did the right thing by turning themselves in but the crime should not have been committed in the first place. These videos are a harrowing reminder of the prevalence of sexual crimes in the world. Thankfully, the majority of people would never think to do the horrible things done in the videos.


h/t: Queerty

This Football Team is Crossing the Line from Hazing to Sexual Assault

When her 15-year-old son began acting strangely after football practice last year, Misty Cox became concerned for his well-being. Soon after, the school resource officer from Gunnison Valley High School contacted Cox to inform her that her son had sexually assaulted by a group of football players.

Cox spoke with FOX13:

He was embarrassed by what had happened and just wished it would all just go away.

Two boys held him down, a third boy pulled his own pants down and rubbed his backside and genitalia all over my son’s face.

My son did not consent to this. My son was held down against his will and was sexually assaulted. This is not a hazing incident. This is not a bullying incident. This is not a 'boys will be boys' incident. This is a sexual assault.

The school opened an investigation and all three students are facing charges of sexual assault.

During the investigation, other victims have come forward describing at least 13 other acts of sexual abuse according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

The Tribune says Sanpete County Attorney, Kevin Daniels, assures:

The first alleged assault occurred in October 2017, according to charging documents. One assault was reported in November and December 2017, with two in January. One was reported in March and another in June. Four assaults reportedly occurred on the same day: Sept. 17.

Allegations of abuse come from different social circles, says Daniels. It’s not just football players.

Since there are only 349 students at Gunnison Valley High School, the allegations make up 4 percent of the entire student body. Students who are being accused are not allowed at school until the investigation is complete.

h/t: FOX13, The Salt Lake Tribune

Kevin Spacey Sued For Allegedly Sexually Assaulting a Masseur in Malibu in 2016

Just a few days after his “good friend” [and also, maybe, an out-of-touch, 83-year-old film and theater actress] Judi Dench defended him in Spain, Kevin Spacey has been filed another lawsuit, for allegedly sexually assaulting a masseur at a Malibu home in 2016. This case is downright graphic. You’ve been warned.

According to Deadline Hollywood, a lawsuit filed at Los Angeles Superior Court alleges the Billionaire Boys Club star forced a male massage therapist to “touch his scrotum, testicles and penis” before “pulling him in for an apparent attempted forced kiss.”

“During these assaults, plaintiff repeatedly asked Spacey to allow him to leave, but Spacey blocked access to Spacey’s massage table and the door with his naked body,” 

Spacey is being sued for sexual battery, gender violence, battery, assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress and false imprisonment.

Following the assault, the alleged victim said to Spacey:

“What are you doing? This is ridiculous. I am a professional. This is what I do for a living. I have a son”.

The suit claims: “Spacey’s conduct was extreme and outrageous. Spacey acted with reckless disregard for plaintiff’s rights and feelings, and with deliberate indifference to the certainty that plaintiff would suffer emotional distress.

“As a direct and proximate result of Spacey’s actions, plaintiff has suffered and continues to suffer severe mental anguish, emotional pain and distress, fear, humiliation, grief, embarrassment, nervousness, worry, anger, frustration, helplessness, nervousness , sadness, stress, mental and emotional distress, and anxiety.”

The alleged victim says he reported the incident to police when it happened. So far, authorities have yet to confirm or deny this.

Spacey is already being investigated in the U.S. and the U.K. for multiple alleged sexual assaults.

To read more: Deadline Hollywood.

Here is the graphic court document.


Note: This is the opinion of one Instinct Magazine contributor and does not reflect the views of Instinct Magazine itself or the fellow contributors.

New Kavanaugh Accuser Comes Forward With Allegations Of 'Gang Rape'

Major news outlets, including USA Today, are reporting on the deposition of Julie Swetnick, who has come forward accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of being involved in 'gang rapes' during the 1980s.

She alleges she witnessed Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge 'spike' the punch at parties with alcohol and drugs to help drug girls and lower their inhibitions.

In her sworn affidavit, Swetnick said these efforts by Kavanaugh and Judge were done so the girls “could then be ‘gang raped’ in a side room or bedroom by a ‘train’ of numerous boys.”

“I have a firm recollection of seeing boys lined up outside rooms at many of these parties waiting for their ‘turn’ with a girl inside the room. These boys included Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh,” Swetnick said.

She not only saw the behavior at house parties during that time, but became a victim of one of those 'gang rapes.' She alleges Kavanaugh and Mark Judge were involved.

According to her signed affidavit, she has witnesses to support her allegations.

Swetnick is the client Michael Avenatti (who is also representing Trump accuser Stormy Daniels) has been referring to in his tweets of late.

 

 

Swetnick is no slacker. She's held security clearances with the federal government in the Justice Department, State Department, Homeland Security and more.

She is the third woman to come forward with allegations of sexual assault/misconduct regarding Brett Kavanaugh following Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez.

According to CNN's Jim Acosta, Kavanaugh issued a statement regarding the new allegations: "This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone. I don’t know who this is and this never happened.”

See the sworn affidavit below.

(h/t USAToday)

Formerly "America's Dad," Bill Cosby Sentenced To 3-10 Years In Prison For Sex Assault Conviction

Bill Cosby, formerly “America’s Dad,” has been sentenced to three to ten years in prison for sexual assault.

After years of scandal and accusations, Cosby was found guilty of three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault in April.

While state guidelines recommend between one and four years for each count, a single count has the potential to carry 10 years in prison meaning Cosby could have faced a 30-year prison sentence.

According to Yahoo News, Judge Steven O’Neill told the court during sentencing, "I'm not permitted to treat him any differently based on who he is or who he was.”

The District Attorney had asked for the maximum sentence but the defense team requested leniency in regard to Cosby’s age and frailty (Cosby is now legally blind).

Cosby will now serve at least three years in prison with the possibility of supervised release at that point, but there’s no guarantee he’ll be released then.

Andrea Constand, his victim, was in the courtroom as well as more than half a dozen of Cosby’s other accusers (he had nearly 60 in total).

In her victim impact letter, which was shared in court on Monday, Constand wrote that the “psychological, emotional, and financial bullying included a slander campaign in the media that left my entire family reeling in shock and disbelief.”

“Now, almost 15 years later, I’m a middle aged woman who’s been stuck in a holding pattern for most of her adult life, unable to heal fully or move forward,” she added.

In addition to the prison sentence, Cosby has been ordered to pay a $25,000 fine, undergo counseling for the rest of his life, and register as a sex offender.

In the era of the #MeToo movement, it’s notable that in order to deliver justice for the victim, it took two trials and dozens of accusers to come forward.

And people wonder why sexual assault victims don’t come forward immediately.

(h/t YahooNews)

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